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AC3 Snitch

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Snitches, so-called because of their habit of fleeing danger to warn their allies, were drummers who served in militaries for the purpose of raising morale. Their penchant for running from battle owing to their lack of weapons or defense, for their role was purely that of non-combatant. During the 18th century, they were a standard unit in European armies and were employed by both the British and Continental armies of the American Revolutionary War.


Snitches of both armies were mostly identically dressed. Continental variants wore a yellow uniform and hat, as opposed to the blue uniform of their side. The British variant wore a more red color scheme to fit their side. They constantly played drums while marching with their allies.


Snitches in British and Continental patrols in the American Revolution were usually accompanied by five or more soldiers, but they were occasionally deployed with a single officer. Regardless, when the unit was attacked, they generally ran from the battlefield to call for reinforcements. If they could not run, they usually wielded small weapons as a last resort. 


In real life, drummers in both the British and Continental armies wore similar uniforms to the musket-armed infantry, but with reversed coat and facings colours - This would mean that ingame, they should have a white coat with red facings. Unlike their ingame portrayal, drummers were armed with swords to defend themselves unlike regular infantry and used their drums in battle to relay an officer's commands. They were not to flee at the sight of an enemy. Drummers were often younger teenage boys, however. They were also accompanied by fifers most often, with whom on a march they could play fife and drum music with, who were dressed identically, but are not reflected ingame.